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Tony Robinson Down Under: The People Are Revolting
The People Are Revolting
Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  SBS  |  September 6, 2018

As the early settlers began to sink their roots deeper into the soils of the new colony, the first rumblings of liberty and freedom began. The authority of the penal government is questioned more and more by the convicts and by the soldiers themselves. Early attempts to escape betrayed a complete ignorance about where they were in the world. Tony visits Port Arthur, and subjects himself to solitary confinement to find out firsthand what it was like for the wretched souls who were incarcerated there. But later the lone voices of dissent became a chorus. And on at least one occasion, the fledgling country faced its destiny: remain loyal to mother Britain, or break away like America into the uncertain waters of Republicanism? Tony finds out just how close Australia came to choosing the latter. Alternative title: Tony Robinson Explores Australia.

As the early settlers began to sink their roots deeper into the soils of the new colony, the first rumblings of liberty and freedom began. The authority of the penal government is questioned more and more by the convicts and by the soldiers themselves. Early attempts to escape betrayed a complete ignorance about where they were in the world. Tony visits Port Arthur, and subjects himself to solitary confinement to find out firsthand what it was like for the wretched souls who were incarcerated there. But later the lone voices of dissent became a chorus. And on at least one occasion, the fledgling country faced its destiny: remain loyal to mother Britain, or break away like America into the uncertain waters of Republicanism? Tony finds out just how close Australia came to choosing the latter. Alternative title: Tony Robinson Explores Australia.

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